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Stavanger, Norway (2001 – present)

Sirenia is a band from Stavanger, Norway.

Sirenia came together in early 2001, when Morten Veland parted ways with his former band Tristania due to musical disagreements and personal differences.

Sirenia combines strong melodic instrumentals, keyboard synthesis, and guitar works with light, female vocals (Fabienne Gondamin, Henriette Bordvik, Monika Pedersen, and currently Ailyn), male death vocals, and a choir. Current band members are Morten Veland (programming, growling, clean vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards), Ailyn (female vocals), Jan Erik Soltvedt (guitars) and Jonathan Perez (drums). Most of Sirenia’s songs are atmospheric, yet intense with melodic backgrounds and interludes. The lyrics are concerned with human existence, emotion, and mental states.

Sirenia (at first called “Masters of Sirenia”), named after the Sirens of Greek mythology, was founded in 2001 after Morten Veland left Tristania. The band failed to find a suitable singer prior to recording in France, so they conducted auditions and found Fabienne Gondamin for the recording session of At Sixes and Sevens.

On the subsequent tour and follow-up album, An Elixir for Existence, Gondamin was replaced by Henriette Bordvik.

On September 13, 2005, it was announced that Bordvik would be leaving the band, and the search for a new singer commenced. Bordvik’s replacement, Monika Pedersen of the band Sinphonia, was introduced on April 10, 2006. In the same year, Bjørnar Landa (from Artifact) joined the band as a guitarist.

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  • michael_yatesy

    Mostly agree with Archanoth. I do think it's the only thing to come close to the first two albums in melody and atmosphere (I think it does a good job of it too) and I do prefer Ailyn's voice and verses to Henriette's or Fabienne's. It's received a lot of positive feedback but I don't think it will change in many minds that it is Sirenia's best in over a decade (or even best ever).

    25 Jul 1:58am Reply
  • Archanoth

    I'm a big fan of the first 2 albums, and I find the new album to be as good as those albums, if not better. While being maybe less melodic and atmospheric, it's more progressive and much more intricate and complex. That being said, Stille Kom Døden is still my favorite Sirenia song and not many songs from the new album (or older ones) come close to that level of awesomeness.

    20 Jul 3:07am Reply
  • spikedylacid

    So is everyone still loving this album then? I kind of forgot about it tbh since it takes a while to get into and i haven't had the time recently. Now that the initial hype has worn off how are people ranking it compared to the last few album then?

    16 Jul 11:55pm Reply
  • PhAntOmEttA

    2spikedylacid - he talk about this in almost each single interview - because this question is very popular and pepole dont read any interviews and ask it again and again +((((( well its because he said 'i was always a fan of the sisters of mercy and fields of the niphilim' !!!!!!!! is it clear

    20 Jun 9:39am Reply
  • michael_yatesy

    maybe he feels that validates him as a metal composer. maybe its because of his past in the gothic rock scene (with Elusive). I much prefer the integration and interplay of female/male/growled vocals into single songs which is a lot more interesting than one song with just one of those vocal styles by itself.

    20 Jun 8:24am Reply
  • spikedylacid

    Is there actually a reason why Morten has to have one song on each album with a male lead vocalist? What is the reasoning behind this?

    19 Jun 1:19pm Reply
  • Alienne93

    The Japanese version of Tragedienne does really exist :D Somehow it's truly cute, can be found for instance here: www.rutracker.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5021488

    16 Jun 5:06pm Reply
  • DarkSoul777

    VV If I recall correctly she released a j-pop album (or albums) with a group called Charm. I searched Youtube and it seems they were spanish versions of japanese songs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa7gol4L2ts

    15 Jun 10:37pm Reply
  • Ismarmlp

    OMG! A Japanese version of Tragediene??? Amazing!

    14 Jun 1:25pm Reply
  • michael_yatesy

    so it turns out a Japanese language version does exist. fun! does Ailyn speak Japanese?

    11 Jun 6:29am Reply
  • michael_yatesy

    Anyone know anything about a Japanese version of Tragidienne? http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=7074038

    11 Jun 4:58am Reply
  • Hr_Knuddel

    "Perils of the Deep Blue" was a step back into the right direction, but "The Seventh Life Path" is completly amazing. It's almost as good as the old stuff. Even though "At Sixes and Sevens" is still my favorite Sirenia album.

    9 Jun 4:17pm Reply
  • DarkSoul777

    AH! I thought I was the only one that noticed this! very annoying...

    7 Jun 12:17am Reply
  • Archanoth

    Yeah. I checked the initial 256 kbps rip, then the release-day 320 kbps and FLAC ones, and even the Spotify page of the album. They all have the same issue.

    6 Jun 1:56am Reply
  • michael_yatesy

    I had hoped it was just a problem with that first rip I downloaded :/ it sounds way too unnatural and jarring to have been an intentional part of the song.

    5 Jun 11:53pm Reply
  • tripodthunder

    Elixir and Sons Of The North are very good songs, the rest of the album is completely forgettable.

    5 Jun 3:27pm Reply
  • Archanoth

    v Yes, it seems to be a part of the song itself. It really bothers me, but it's not an audio glitch or anything, as far as we know. Probably just bad mixing or something like that.

    5 Jun 7:56am Reply
  • michael_yatesy

    Does anyone else notice a weird skipping type thing happen at 1:38 in Sons of the North? I downloaded a FLAC copy that had it and my own CD rip also does.

    5 Jun 3:37am Reply
  • Oscar_Morten

    V both are really cool, but I also rather Elixir than Ditt Endelikt

    3 Jun 5:42pm Reply
  • michael_yatesy

    Because there's no Ailyn in it.... Elixir is much better IMO

    1 Jun 12:41am Reply
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